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Why insureds might need parametric coverage alongside conventional policies

June 1, 2022 by Megan Linkin

When Hurricane Ida made landfall on Aug. 29, 2021, a handful of parametric insurance policies in Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ portfolio were affected and potentially triggered. By Sept. 1, all relevant data for determining if the hurricane’s winds met policy-defined

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Adjusters stretched thin after back-to-back storms

May 31, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

Manitoba has experienced one of the wettest springs on record, and the back-to-back storms and flooding have stretched adjusters’ resources very thin, claims professionals say.  Strong winds and a rainstorm that occurred in Manitoba last evening have continued into today. This event

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War and other factors loom over shipping sector: report

May 27, 2022 by Philip Porado

While fewer total losses of cargo ships worldwide is good news for marine insurers, the number of shipping casualties rose during 2021, said Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty’s (AGCS) annual Safety & Shipping Review. Globally, 54 total vessel losses were

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Auto insurance: How to handle acid spill claims

May 26, 2022 by Jason Contant

Insurers would be well-advised to have experts and claim-handling protocols on hand to identify unique claim situations such as the two sulphuric acid spills in Trail, B.C. several years ago, two forensic engineers say. On Apr. 10 and May 23,

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Emergency alerts when severe weather happens can be improved: Environment Minister

May 26, 2022 by Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Emergency weather alerts that are broadcast over the mobile network should be improved to make sure they are getting to the right people at the right time, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said Wednesday. Guilbeault is in Germany for

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How to speed up claims response for NatCats

May 25, 2022 by Yasser Korany, Mario Delorme and Mazen Habash

Extreme weather events have become common, some bringing unprecedented levels of destruction to structures and facilities, overwhelming owners, property managers and insurers. In response, nearly all major insurers have created centralized Cat units dedicated to handling claims arising from extreme

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Was derecho storm damage caused by climate change?

May 25, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

The Long Weekend derecho storm in Ontario and Quebec, which spawned a tornado in Uxbridge, Ont., and resulted in over 1,000 kilometers of damage, is “very difficult” to credit as a climate change event, even though the industry is seeing

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Brokers beware: High inflation may catch up to claims valuation software

May 20, 2022 by Philip Porado

Valuation models in software systems used by insurers to calculate replacement and restoration costs for commercial structures must be checked more often when inflation’s running high. That’s because costs for labour, lumber, drywall, concrete and other construction materials can jump

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Crawford exec John Sharoun reflects on his 49-year-long insurance journey

May 18, 2022 by Alyssa DiSabatino

After a 49-year-long tenure in the insurance industry, John Sharoun, executive general adjuster and senior consultant at Crawford and Company Canada, is retiring on June 30, 2022.   Sharoun fell into the industry between finishing school and looking for a

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Rising lumber, materials costs lead claims professionals to tweak their approach

May 16, 2022 by Philip Porado

With the inflation rate at a 30-year high, specialists handling home reconstruction claims are making adjustments that reflect surging prices for construction components – including lumber, finishing materials and appliances. What started as supply chain problems, some of which were

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What auto insurers need to deny coverage based on alleged suicide attempt

May 11, 2022 by David Gambrill

Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected so that all incorrect references to Unica have been replaced with correct references to Optium. Canadian Underwriter apologizes for the error.   If an insurer wishes to deny auto coverage to an injured

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Unlicensed adjuster doesn’t fit the ‘expert’ exemption: Regulator

May 9, 2022 by David Gambrill

Manitoba’s insurance regulator fined a former adjuster $500 and ordered him to pay partial investigation costs of $2,500 for acting as an adjustor without a licence and not, as the former adjuster claimed, as an ‘insurance expert’ helping claimants. Kenneth